On April 8, 1929, saxophonist Charlie “Little Jazz” Ferguson was born. As we celebrate his birth date, it is important to highlight his contributions to the saxophone genre and to remember his work with the 5 Royales.
Charlie “Little Jazz” Ferguson was a highly talented and innovative saxophonist who made significant contributions to jazz music throughout his career. One of his lesser-known but equally important contributions was his work with the 5 Royales, a rhythm and blues group from North Carolina.
Ferguson joined the 5 Royales in the mid-1950s and quickly became a crucial member of the band. His virtuosic saxophone playing, combined with the group’s dynamic vocals and tight rhythm section, created a sound that was both unique and influential.
Together, Charlie “Little Jazz” Ferguson and the 5 Royales recorded a number of classic tracks that have become staples of the rhythm and blues genre, including “Baby Don’t Do It,” “Help Me Somebody,” and “Thirty Second Lover.”
On his birthday, we remember Ferguson’s work with the 5 Royales which helped to shape the sound of rhythm and blues music and influenced many saxophonists who followed in his footsteps.